How to Eat Your Way to Having a Good Mood

How to Eat Your Way to Having a Good Mood

Food provides nutrients to the body that it uses for its multiple functions such as digestion, growth and repair of the body, and strengthening of the immune system. Aside from that, food is also believed to have benefits on one’s moods.  

2020 research found that poor diet can cause low moods. One of its key findings was that healthy diets such as the Mediterranean diet are associated with better mental well-being as compared to unhealthy diets.  

It noted that eating foods with highly refined carbohydrates can have detrimental effects on psychological well-being. Diets with a high glycemic index can also increase depressive symptoms.

  

Using Food to Boost Your Mood  

Some foods contain serotonin and dopamine, which can boost your mood. It includes:  

  • Fruits and vegetables  
  • Whole grains  
  • Lean meats  
  • Fish  
  • Nuts and legumes  
  • Low-fat dairy  
  • Olive oil  
  • Dark chocolates  
  • Fermented foods  
  • Bananas and berries  
  • Oats  

 

You can help yourself towards a better mood by searching for food sources packed with nutrients such as zinc, folate, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and B vitamins.  

If you are looking forward to changing your diet, consult your doctor to know your best options and avoid any adverse effects you might experience.  

 

SOURCE:  
https://communityhealth.mayoclinic.org/featured-stories/mood-boosting-foods  

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7322666/  

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mood-food#The-bottom-line 

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